I read the reviews on here and thought, yes, all good, I will eat there when I go on holiday. I have just read them again as can't believe this is the same restaurant!! Dining room not really what I expected, very old fashioned (as in worn 80s decor) and dated but it was clean. Restaurant full but guessing (after having eaten there) they were guests staying there on half/full board basis and therefore obliged to eat there. Reminded me of Faulty Towers! Not a good start as difficulty making the booking. As soon as I mentioned I wanted to use a restaurant card; buy 1 5 course menu, get 1 free, attitude changed. Had to call back twice as the lady didn't call me back as promised to confirm booking. When I asked why she didn't call me back, she didn't apologise and just said, 'Too busy'! What for 2 days?? So, not a good start but menu on their website looked appetising. On arrival seated and offered a cheaper 3 course menu as an alternative - no thank you. Menu not the same one as the one on their website and not the same price either so worth checking when you make the booking. 'Amuse buche' is the first course! This consisted of an inch long piece of noodle, 1 pea and a couple of strands of deep fried what I can only guess to be minced beef - crunchy. I should have noticed when choosing the starter that king scallop is written in the singular. Tiny queen (at best) scallop - yes just the 1 with a couple of pea shoots and a tiny smear of dressing. Very tasty but didn't fill a tooth. Raspberry sorbet very good but way too sweet and only suitable as a dessert, certainly not to refresh the palate. Venison carved very thinly and looked and tasted like roast beef from the deli counter. Didn't ask how I wanted it and, in my opinion, overcooked as dry and tasteless. Served with piped dry potato and a tablespoon of something like ratatouille underneath. No sauce. Needed lots of water just to eat it. So I had all hope dessert would reprieve the restaurant so asked the waitress what the woman at the next table was eating served on a slate plate as it looked delicious. Not sure what she served but it wasn't what I asked for. Staff very polite but slightly abrupt and miserable and English definitely not their forte. Coffee served in the lounge with sickly petit fours. Wine; chose a glass of Sauvignon Blanc to have with the starter. I had to send it back as not cold and it was of poor quality when it returned. Service very fast - in and out in well under an hour. Menu not worth £42.50 for 2. Should have gone to the Cottage in the Woods. There's a reason they are offering 2 for 1 - don't get anything for nothing!
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